ORANGE, Va (CBS19 Sports) -- One scrimmage and one game: that's all the football Woodberry Forest was able to play in last year.

"We had one game against FUMA," said Woodberry Forest senior linebacker Conner Lesanne. "So most definitely it was a bummer, a lot of people were really "looking forward to a full football season that following year and to have that taken away from us it was just unfortunate.

The Tigers came into last year feeling good about their chances of playing a season, based on the school's set up.

"We had high hopes for four of five games" said Woodberry Forest football coach Scott Braswell. "We looked at playing some boarding schools like us who felt like the created like an NBA bubble of sorts."

The students were even sent home at the start of the 2021 year, but the teammates made sure to stay connected.

"We have a group chat so that's always active and online school, we always just see each other," said Woodberry Forest senior running back Donovan Baker. "Just working with each other, always in each others' presence."

"We had a couple of 7on7s with a couple of classmates that were willing to just come down here and throw the football around just to keep that football thing in the air," said Lesanne.

Returning back to campus, the Tigers are back in practice and making the most of their time on the gridiron.

"Not everything is guaranteed so we're kinda taking it day by day and making the best of each day," said Baker.

"I think the motivation is we don't know how many games we're gonna play," said Lesanne. "We're not taking the season for granted. The last game that we played could be our last game and I think we're going into every game thinking that the game we're playing is our last game."

The biggest thing to look forward to this and every year is The Game, played against Episcopal every year since 1901. Last year's game was canceled the day before it was supposed to be played. This year it is scheduled to return to Woodberry Forest.

"That's just that sense of normality that we all want back in our lives, and that game is such a big part of this community and the history of this community going back to 1901. We hope to get that thing back in full throttle this year," said Braswell.

The enthusiasm around football, community and normalcy is bringing the Tigers together.

"I can't tell you how exciting it is to get out today with a full team and get to run around a little bit and practice football," said Braswell.